mixing breeds in a backyard flock

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chicken crazy, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. chicken crazy

    chicken crazy In the Brooder

    I will be ordering chicks in May from a local hatchery and wanted to know what people's experiences were with having solely a single breed or mixing various ones together. I was thinking of getting a mixed package containing Dark Brahmas, Amerucanas, Buff Orp's and Australorps. Do you find it better to stick to one breed as I have heard some breeds are more bossy? [​IMG]
  2. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    I love mixing them up, it makes the yard more interesting and look really pretty! I think what you propose to order sounds great! Enjoy

  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I like the "hodge podge" of a mix out in the yard. It's also a good way to find out what kinds you like better.
  4. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Songster

    May 14, 2007
    SW Indiana
    We have sooooo many different breeds and mixes now! We love it! All of the breeds you mentioned will be great together. And if they have babies, they will make some beautiful mixes!
    Amy J.
  5. jenichick

    jenichick Songster

    Jun 1, 2007
    I too like having different breeds, it's more challenging and rewarding for me. I would mix em up.
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    My main flock is mixe. I love the look of all the different colors and feathering patterns.
  7. Standard Hen

    Standard Hen Songster

    May 17, 2007
    I love all different breeds and colors. I love to look out and see an array of chickens. I not only like a mix of different pure breeds but mixed breeds too. Some people only like one breed and one color. I knew a man once who would only have Buff Orpingtons because he thought they were beautiful and made a nice flock so did not want any other colors or breeds, only them. You will find what you like when you get yours.
  8. gardener

    gardener Songster

    Oct 8, 2007
    Willamette Valley
    I second all those opinions. I have SLW's, Black Australorps and RIR.
  9. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    If you got all the same breed how you gonna tell em apart?
    its ok to get twins ie. freckles and dot. but if you get freckles, speckles, dot, dotty, and spot, how would you know which one was laying if you didnt catch them in the act?
  10. Matt Berry

    Matt Berry In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2007
    SE Michigan
    It kind of depends on what your goals are. If you plan on breeding them then it is easier to focus on one or two breeds. If you are mainly looking for a backyard flock then three or four birds of each breed is the way to go.

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